John graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and was a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University’s ROTC program. Upon graduation in 1983, he was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the United States Army and received his choice of duty with the 82d Airborne Division stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. While serving with the 82d Airborne, John was a staff intelligence officer for an infantry task force. In 1984, he was deployed to the Sinai Peninsula in the Middle East as a member of the Multinational Force and Observers Peacekeeping Mission. While a member of the 82d, he participated in over 30 combat training jumps.
In 1986, John returned to the University of Alabama for law school. While there, he was a member of the John Campbell Moot Court program and the Law and Psychology Review. He graduated in 1989.
Following law school, John served as briefing attorney for the Honorable Howell Cobb, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District Texas. He assisted Judge Cobb in authoring several opinions, including the opinion laying to rest the $200 billion claim of the descendants of Pelham Humphries to the Spindletop Oilfield fortune in which The New York Times ran the story: https://www.nytimes.com/1990/06/21/us/judge-rejects-heirs-claims-to-an-oil-fortune.html.
Following his time with Judge Cobb, John practiced law for 18 years with the firm of Donnell, Abernethy & Kieschnick in Corpus Christi. He represented hospitals, physicians and nurses in medical malpractice litigation, successfully trying several cases as lead trial counsel to defense verdicts. He also represented major oil and petrochemical companies in litigation, including a 10,000-member class action suit.
John was honored to be offered a position with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. During this time, he served as lead counsel to the Texas Medical Board, Texas State Board of Pharmacy, and the Texas Board of Nursing. Also, during this time, John served as lead counsel in a trial in Dallas, Texas, successfully suing a business on behalf of a state agency for wrongfully and fraudulently destroying a historic railroad depot. The jury returned a unanimous fraud verdict with a seven-figure award. John received the Texas Lawyer Verdicts Hall of Fame award for highest fraud verdict for this outstanding result. John also served under Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton where he was lead counsel in the fetal remains litigation and was tasked to lead the State’s effort in securing Second Amendment rights for Texans against governmental entities who limit their rights.
John later returned to private practice defending third and first party insurance defense litigation. He handled numerous cases and successfully defended various businesses and insurance carriers.
John also served as Assistant General Counsel to the Texas Medical Board, where he provided legal advice and counsel to the Executive Director and the TMB.
John is a trial attorney with a primary focus on medical liability and general litigation. John also represents physicians and nurses before state licensing agencies.
John is a member of the Austin Bar Association, the Texas State Bar, and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. He is licensed in the Federal District Courts for the Eastern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas and the state of Alabama.
He and his wife Beth live outside the Austin, Texas area on their “ranchito” with their two dogs.
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 1989
B.A., University of Alabama, 1983
State Bar of Texas
State Bar of Alabama
Austin Bar Association
Texas Association of Defense Counsel